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Worldwide, 767 million people live in extreme poverty, the majority of them in countries in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. They have less than 1.90 US dollars a day to live on. An overriding goal of international development cooperation is therefore to reduce poverty in countries of the global South. Both the United Nations and other international aid organisations and governments are committed to this goal. Poverty has many different causes and faces, and the approaches to poverty reduction are correspondingly diverse. These range from the creation of alternative income opportunities to the improvement of the nutritional and health situation to the establishment of schools and training opportunities for the socially weak and disadvantaged. What they all have in common, however, is that people in desolate situations are given prospects with "help for self-help" that should enable them to lead a better life in the long term. The sustainability of projects is therefore a particular priority.

While the global problem of poverty also requires political action, such as through bilateral government cooperation and fair economic agreements, cooperation with people directly at the grassroots level is an equally important and complementary approach. Sign of Hope works closely with local partners to develop project ideas that are implemented by local organisations and often with local people. Whether in the field of education, income generation or nutrition - every measure that leads to an improvement in people's quality of life makes a contribution to protecting the dignity of the individual. And this is the most important basis for a self-determined life and the way out of poverty.

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Herstellung von Futterergänzungen aus invasiven Pflanzen

Improved living conditions in northern Kenya

Marsabit County is one of the poorest counties in Kenya and is severely affected by the effects of climate change. The population suffers from prolonged periods of drought, flooding and pest infestation. The project aims to improve living conditions and ensure food security for people in remote...
Training in Quetzaltenango

Education and health for Guatemala

The communities of Quetzaltenango and San Marcos in western Guatemala offer youths and young adults hardly any future: The level of education is low and unemployment is high. Since the health care system in the region hardly functions either, people with few resources get into serious trouble when...
Frau in der Trockenheit Äthiopiens

Food security and peace for the people in the South Omo Zone

In the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples of Ethiopia (SNNPR) region in the southwest of the country, food is scarce due to climatic changes. Plants and animals alike are suffering. The emerging competition for the few resources also results in conflicts between different villages and...

Food security and education for people in northern Iraq

Together with our local partner Amal, Sign of Hope supports particularly vulnerable families in the town of Zakho with food and hygiene articles. In addition, educational measures are carried out for students in order to increase their chances of entering the workforce.
Frauen in überfluteten Feldern

Food security after floods

Mozambique is regularly affected by cyclones. The resulting floods destroy fields as well as pastures, damage agriculture, livestock and thus the local population. Through our project, we want to improve the nutritional situation of the people and give them access to seeds and chickens.
Frau im Süden Äthiopiens

Securing food and water supply

The people of Bena Tsemay district in southern Ethiopia are threatened by poverty and the effects of climate change, they suffer from droughts that are only occasionally interrupted by floods. Poor infrastructure and a lack of awareness of the effects of climate change prevent them from...
Kuhverteilung in Armenien

Cow distribution North Armenia

To support families in the structurally weak north of Armenia, 13 households in the Shirak region are each receiving a pregnant cow. Along with training and veterinary care, this enables the families to produce dairy products and meat for their own consumption and later for sale. The first calf born...
Ein Mann im Feld in Malawi

Sustainable fishing and agriculture

The main problem in Salima and Nkhotakota districts in Central Malawi is the loss of natural resources such as forests, soils, water and fish. The effects of this loss are food insecurity, poverty, social problems, loss of soil diversity and increasing vulnerability of the population to climate...
Ein Ochsenkarren zur Fortbewegung in Malawi

Food in difficult times

In the Dowa and Ntchisi districts in the central region of Malawi, 80% of the population live from their own agriculture. This is not enough to provide food security due to climate change and unsustainable farming practices. The effects of these problems are the lack of food security, poverty and...

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